Zaatar spice mix used in the Middle East with olive oil and bread, by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
March 15 2016

I was exposed to zaatar many years ago and immediately was attracted to the unique taste of this herbal mix that pleasantly surprises the senses for several seconds after each taste. I now eat zaatar added to a piece of multi grain whole bread and extra virgin olive oil. The one side effect or downside of zaatar is that it leads me to eat more olive oil than I wish to consume. However, I am learning to use zaatar without or with little olive oil, for instance spreading it on an omelet or sprinkling it on soup. You can also add it to Labne.

Zaatar product is available in stores that sell middle eastern food products
Delicious Middle Eastern herbal mix with Thyme leaves, Oregano leaves, Sesame seeds, Salt, Soy oil, and Sumac. One of Dr. Sahelian's favorite snacks.
6 ounces
Suggested Use: Mix Zaatar with olive oil, or a combination of olive oil and a small amount of flax seed oil. This can be spread on any kind of bread for a healthy and tasty snack. Zaatar can also be added to many different dishes, including egg omelet, salads, soups, stir fries, etc.... use your imagination.

Zaatar herb mix daily value not established.

Some Arabs and Israelis believe that zaatar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds, improves health and clears the mind.

I saw your article in the internet about Zahtar. Can you be nice and give me the botanic name of sumac and thyme used to prepare the Zahtar. This will help me to find in Philippines these plants to prepare my Zahtar.
   Sumac has a variety of botanical names, so I am not sure. Thyme is Thymus.

What is the right spelling for zaatar? I have seen it in so many ways, including  zatar, zahtar, zahatar, etc. Zatar seems to be more popular than zahatar.
   Zaatar is a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas. I am familiar with the spelling as zaatar. Different countries or peoples may spell it in different ways.